Thursday, January 23, 2020


Divided Israel Heads To The Polls Tuesday

JERUSALEM—As election fever begins to hit the United States in preparations for next November, things have already reached a climax here in Israel as locals prepare to enter the polls on Tuesday to elect their 20th Knesset. Ever since elections were hastily declared when the government fell apart in November, candidates

Sold Out! L.A.’s Mexikosher Pops Up in NYC

Manhattan—Part-time Teaneck resident Kevin Cohnen, owner of Pitopia, a 10-seat kosher take-out restaurant just south of Times Square, was excited to share the results of his one-night-only pop up restaurant, featuring food by Mexico-City born celebrity chef Katsuji Tanube of Los Angeles’ Mexikosher.

Shabbat Across America and Canada: A Night of Unity and Inclusivity

New York—This Friday night, individuals, neighbors, friends and communities nationwide will unite in the celebration of Shabbat. In its 19th year, Shabbat Across America and Canada (SAA/C), sponsored by not-for-profit NJOP* (, continues to make history by bringing

Startup Nation Hits the Bronx

Last Wednesday, Lehman College hosted The Bronx Technology Showcase, featuring presentations from up-and-coming startups that all, in one way or another, began in Israel.  Along with the college, sponsors included The Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Bronx Chamber of Commerce and The Bronx Overall Economic Development

Iranian Nuclear Program Could Lead to Regional Arms Race

TIP—With an eye on Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey look to build their own nuclear programs, raising concerns that the failure to halt Iran’s nuclear program could trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Today Egypt and Russia announced a plan to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant with four reactors.

Bucking Stereotypes, Egypt’s El-Sisi Fights Terror and Seeks ‘Revolution’ in Islam

As the world continues to grapple with a new wave of Islamic extremism, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has emerged as an unlikely Middle East leader willing to confront terrorism both militarily and ideologically.

In a Jan. 1 speech at Egypt’s historic Al-Azhar University, El-Sisi

Moderate Islam Pushes Back Extremism

The militant activities of the Islamic State (IS) and its counterparts have contributed to the rise of moderate Islam in the Islamic world. The fact is that it is Muslims, of all sects, who have suffered the most at the hands of these groups. A 2012 US National Counterterrorism Center report revealed: “In cases where the religious

Views Differ on Neo-Chassidus Trend

Yeshiva University will host its annual Orthodox Forum next month, bringing together scholarly rabbinic speakers and educators. This year’s topic: Neo-Chassidus.

Why should anyone be surprised? The topic of this trend within Modern Orthodoxy has created quite a favorable stir, as well as some

Two Israeli Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Missile Strike: IDF

Additional seven soldiers injured; Israel tells UN it will defend itself against Hezbollah

i24news—Two Israeli soldiers were killed and an additional seven wounded Wednesday when an anti-tank missile fired from Lebanon hit one or two vehicles in a convoy in which they

First-ever Antisemitism Session at UN General Assembly: The More It Changes, the More It Stays the Same

New York—Last week, for the first time in 70 years, the United Nations—the forum which equated Zionism with racism and passed more than 500 resolutions sanctioning Israel—convened an informal session in the General Assembly chamber on the rise of antisemitic violence around the globe.


YU’s Annual Seforim Sale Gearing Up for Feb. 1

New York—North America’s largest Jewish book sale, the YU Seforim Sale will run from Feb. 1 to Mar. 1, 2015, in Belfer Hall in Washington Heights. The sale is operated entirely by YU students—from ordering to setting up the premises, marketing and all the technology the project entails. Proceeds from the sale support various

Israel’s Natural Gas Bonanza Could Have a Big Effect on the Middle East

There’s a well-known joke in Israel: Isn’t it ironic that Moses walked through the Middle East for 40 years and found the only land without oil?

Fortunately for the Israelis, that joke has been overtaken by events. Since some of the largest natural gas fields in the world were discovered in

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